Those within the Arsenal faithful would not have experienced a summer as good as this one for a long time with the club having confirmed the signing of two players when July has not yet ended and reports indicating that other signings are nearing completion. With players still being linked to the club, and several still interesting the manager, Arsene Wenger, One of such players that the clubs have been linked to this summer is Shakhtar Donetsk forward/midfielder Douglas Costa. As the club continues it work to bring in more signings, this articles takes a look at five things to know about him in a summer that is turning out to be an interesting one for Arsenal fans.
1. Came Through the ranks at Gremio
The 23 year old Brazilian joined Gremio at the age of 11; from there he rose to become a prominent player in the team. He made his debut as a full pledge professional at the age of 18 for Gremio a match in which he scored his first ever goal for the club at senior level. He spent six years with the youth team at Gremio, and a further two years with the senior team which ended in 2010.
2. Joined Brazilian Exodus to Ukraine
As is now the common trend where Brazilian has continued to use the Ukrainian league as a launching pad to Europe, Douglas Costa joined the exodus when he joined Shakhtar Donetsk in January, 2010 for a fee of €6 million.
3. His Shakhtar Debut was against an English team.
Following his arrival from Gremio in January, 2010, he subsequently made his debut against Fulham at Craven Cottage in a Europa League round of 32 matches as the Cottagers went all the way to the Europa League finals that season. Douglas Costa was a second half substitute in that match at Craven Cottage.
4. Has Won Eleven Trophies with Shakhtar Donetsk
Since his arrival at Shakhtar Donetsk he has gone to win a remarkable eleven trophies in four years with the Ukrainian side, a trophy haul that includes five Ukrainian Premier League titles, three Ukrainian Cup and a further three Ukrainian Super Cup.
5. Has a Runner up Medal at International Level.
He was part of the Brazilian team that finished runners up at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup held in Egypt when they lost on penalties to Ghana.